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Deng Xiaoping's Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991

Author:
Zhang, Xiaoming

ISBN:
978 1 4696 4234 5
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
296
List price(s):
27.95 USD
26.95 GBP
30.00 EUR

Publication date:
28 February 2018

Short description: 

The surprise Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1979 shocked the international community. In this groundbreaking book, Xiaoming Zhang traces the roots of the conflict to the historic relationship between the peoples of China and Vietnam, the ongoing Sino-Soviet dispute, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's desire to modernize his country.

Full description: 

The surprise Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1979 shocked the international community. The two communist nations had seemed firm political and cultural allies, but the twenty-nine-day border war imposed heavy casualties, ruined urban and agricultural infrastructure, leveled three Vietnamese cities, and catalyzed a decadelong conflict. In this groundbreaking book, Xiaoming Zhang traces the roots of the conflict to the historic relationship between the peoples of China and Vietnam, the ongoing Sino-Soviet dispute, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's desire to modernize his country. Deng's perceptions of the Soviet Union, combined with his plans for economic and military reform, shaped China's strategic vision. Drawing on newly declassified Chinese documents and memoirs by senior military and civilian figures, Zhang takes readers into the heart of Beijing's decision-making process and illustrates the war's importance for understanding the modern Chinese military, as well as China's role in the Asian-Pacific world today.

Biography: 

Xiaoming Zhang is professor of strategy and history at the Air War College.

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